If Your Spices Were Made Here, They’re Over 25 Years Old

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It’s time to spring clean your spice rack.

When was the last time you cleaned out your spice rack? Even though herbs and spices don’t spoil the same way that the week-old lettuce in your crisper drawer does, they do lose their potency and flavor over time.

Thankfully, McCormick Spice posted an eye-opening Facebook message that’ll make it super easy to toss everything that is well past its prime right now.

If you see “Baltimore, MD” on your McCormick labels in your pantry that means that spice is at least 25 years old, according to the Maryland-based spice maker.

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About a hundred years after being founded in 1889 in downtown Baltimore, McCormick eventually moved its manufacturing center to the suburbs in Hunt Valley, Maryland. While McCormick suggests replacing their ground spices every two to three years and whole spices every three to four, a jar of cinnamon from the ’90s is well past its prime and should be tossed out immediately.

Another easy way to tell your McCormick spices are several decades old? With the exception of black pepper, McCormick hasn’t packaged spices and herbs in rectangular tins for 25 years as well.

Now go forth and start spring cleaning your spice rack!


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